iconHistory of Port Townsend Rigging


We purchased Port Townsend Rigging in 1999 from Frank Briggs who opened the business in 1997. In 2000 we built our full-service rigging shop at Port Townsend’s Boat Haven.

Two of our five adult children are part of the Port Townsend Rigging crew. Ira, joined the business in 2005, and Anders has recently come aboard.


In 2003 Port Townsend Rigging completed its first custom ocean-going aluminum spar and we now build several new spars every winter. For a closer look peruse the spar building slideshow in our online gallery.

In early 2007 Port Townsend Rigging purchased a Fenn rotary swage machine capable of swaging wire to 9/16". This purchase distinguishes us as one of two shops in the Northwest capable of swaging larger wire sizes.

Other timelines of interest

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  • Port Townsend Rigging is a participating sponsor of the Port Townsend High School sailing team as well as a sponsor of the Port Townsend Sailing Association White Cap Series.
  • Port Townsend Rigging and Port Townsend Sails purchased an Optimist sail boat and donated it to the Northwest Maritime Center youth sailing program in 2006.
  • Dan participated as part of the prototype team for the Port Townsend 15 (see photo), a new boat designed by Paul Beaker and built by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. The project was featured in Wooden Boat Magazine’s October 1996 issue.
  • Dan has several times teamed with the Robert Darcy, captain of the Schooner Martha, to build custom bronze pieces for Martha. In 2007 they built a new bronze stem iron in celebration of Martha’s 100th year. The Schooner Martha offers sail training for youth and adults. Port Townsend Rigging is proud to be part of the "Martha family".
  • Leukemia Cup sponsor

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